The dynamics of an airport are fascinating. Think of air traffic control at Heathrow airport – the coordination involved is mindboggling and there is very little room for a mistake. On a clear day, you can see the planes stacking in vertical lines before they are given the go-ahead to land – planes going in and out constantly, every minute or so. It looks so calm and orderly from a distance. We don’t see the inside of the control room where everything is carefully choreographed, but we know it exists.
Compare that scene to the inside of an airport where things can look unbelievably chaotic! People running around everywhere, frantically doing their own thing, going through all the checks, rushing from one queue to the next – real hustle and bustle. And then on the plane, everyone getting in each other’s way, squeezed in like sardines. Certainly not the calm and serenity we see looking in the air from the outside of the airport. The traveller cannot see inside the control room – they cannot see the calm big picture.
It’s the same in space – through the eyes of an astronaut, the world looks like a beautiful and serene place. However, things do not look calm and orderly when viewed through the prism of our TV screens down on earth. Again, compared to the view from space, the experience on earth is full of confusion and everyone getting in each other’s way.
Maybe this is a good analogy for the contrast between heaven and earth – between the scene in God’s throneroom (the control room) and events around us in our day-to-day lives?
We can be assured that we have a God who is not just in control, but also intensely interested in affairs on earth.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV)
No matter what this world looks like, no matter how messy life gets, the reality is that there is a throneroom, with a throne, that there is someone seated on that throne and that that person is in control. That person is our Lord Jesus Christ.
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace… (1 Corinthians 14:33a NIV)
Our God is a god of order and certainty, not disorder and confusion. In a world that will look increasingly uncertain and turbulent, it is wonderful that we have our Almighty God watching us lovingly from above. Our task and prayer is crystallised beautifully in the passage below which comes across strongly in the King James Version:
In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion. Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me. Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou [art] my rock and my fortress. (Psalm 71:1-3 KJV)
Please be encouraged to look to God as the only dependable rock and fortress as you navigate your way through the uncertainty of our world. The Lord Jesus is coming soon!
The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV)